Mitipi: Virtual Roommate Prevents Crime
Zurich-based start-up Mitipi has created a smart device that prevents burglaries by simulating human presence in your home, even when you are away.
The device uses acoustics to give the impression that a place is never empty. It can copy everyday noises such as phone calls, barking dogs, conversations, showers and cooking sounds.
Mitipi features a lamp that projects moving shadows onto walls to further imitate human presence. It can also control light fixtures, turning them on and off to mirror the way people move through their homes.
Users can remotely control the device through an accompanying app. Although still a prototype, the device will go into production in 2018.
Burglaries are still a big issue: more than 400,000 burglaries took place in the UK in the past year (Office of National Statistics, 2017). However, consumers expect smart home technology to change that, with 73% of millennial women in the US seeing these smart devices as a way to protect their homes (TecHome Builder, 2016).
For more on smart home technology and the devices that cater to our everyday needs, see the Internet of Home Comforts.